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Ray Easterling, shown being helped from the field during an Atlanta Falcons game in 1978, shot himself in his Richmond home in April. He was 62. (Associated Press)

Ray Easterling, shown being helped from the field during an Atlanta Falcons game in 1978, shot himself in his Richmond home in April. He was 62. (Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.